Wandsworth success at the London Youth Games has its night in the limelight
Wandsworth winners: Winston Gordon with the all-conquering judo team from the London Youth Games SP73757
The success of athletes from Wandsworth in the London Youth Games was a central feature of the Active Wandsworth Sports Awards 2012.
Although the borough would miss out of winning the Games to Croydon by a solitary point, there were plenty of stories of glory to recall.
As a nod to individual success, the David Burns award went to Tim Livingstone who competed in the aquathlon, basketball, cross country and indoor rowing – winning gold in the rowing and silver in the team cross country.
Tim, who follows in the foot-steps of the night’s special Olympic guest Winston Gordon in winning the award, said: “I want to say thank you to everyone for this award.
Tim Livingstone with the David Burns award - watch out for this chap in a rowing boat soon SP73757
“It was my last London Youth Games and so I am now going to concentrate on rowing as I have the right build for the sport.”
The London Youth Games John WE David team award was won by the boys judo team, including Aaron Mahoney-Jones and Nathan Bawuah.
The team won eight individual golds and three bronze medals.
Ryan said: “Winning this award has left me speechless, it is a real honour.”
Kiyo Jason of Spencer Cricket Club picked up the coach/instructor of the year award for his work in promoting youth cricket – especially in the development of women’s and girls’s cricket.
He said: “Winning the award is fantastic, getting that acknowledgement from friends that I grew up with, the parents and the other sports stars in that hall, I love it. I feel honoured and blessed.
Kiyo Jason and Winston Gordon SP73757
“I have a great team behind me, and with them and the parents we’ve created a girls’s section at the club. Their support has helped me grow the section.
“I am no different from the other guys who were nominated, they work just as hard as I do, but I am fortunate with the team I have.”
He added: “These events are brilliant for Wandsworth. It helps people get that acknowledgement for their hard work, they know what they are doing is right.
“It helps the coaches too, they need to see their athletes get acknowledgement. I was involved in the London Youth Games cricket, so I did not see too much of the other sports but I can guarantee that some of the kids in there tonight will be at the Olympics in a few years’ time.”
The Herne Hill Harriers U13 cross country team which won the team of the year award SP73757
The sports club of the year went to All Star Coaching – its achievements including upping membership from 1,968 in 2011 to 3,250 in one year, as well as creating the All Star Trust that donated £5,000 worth of training to selected Wandsworth performance juniors.
Sports aid talented athletes: Blade Ashby, Isabella Hindley and Joseph Ferrier will receive Sport Aid funding to further their sporting prowess SP73757
Sid Khan of Earlsfield Amateur Boxing Club was handed the outstanding contribution to sport and physical activity award for his tireless work with the boxing stars of tomorrow – including Louis Adolphe, Kirk Garvey and Joe Joyce, who won senior ABA titles last year.
Olympic volunteers Jayne Mitchell and Liz Gibson chat to Anna Hemmings MBE SP73757